Global Day of Discovery

Renaissance Downtown hosts Global Day of Discovery art event
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Renaissance Downtown Hotel, The Global Day of Discovery, Richard Zeolla, Dubai
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On Tuesday, June 5, the newly opened Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai joined 170 Renaissance Hotels around the world to host the Global Day of Discovery for the first time since its opening in 2017.

The Global Day of Discovery experience featured international and local artists curated by Adam Hardy, led by the Renaissance Navigators — the brand’s twist on concierges.

Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai general manager Richard Zeolla said: “With Global Day of Discovery, we celebrate and showcase what Renaissance does every day to help our guests uncover the soul of the neighbourhood and experience the people, sights, sounds, tastes and art that makes each city unique.”

In the lobby, guests were greeted by The Year of Zayed installation, marking the centenary celebrations of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The installation included seven kinds of sand from each of the seven Emirates, merging to form the canvas of the UAE from which a portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan emerges on the ‘Column of Unity’. The Year of Zayed installation will be permanently on display in the lobby of the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai.

In celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan, guests came together for an iftar at Middle Eastern restaurant Bhar before being led on an interactive tour throughout the property by the team of navigators. Breaking down the traditional art gallery concept, they were given a map of the local and international art pieces, plotting a course through the hotel, together with narratives of the artwork and key design elements of the property.

The pieces were a mix of 3D, interactive installations and ‘Dark Art’ installations, not visible to the naked eye and only discoverable by UV light.

The main UV art installation was curated in a deluxe suite by Jay Fanakapan, who works with hyper-realistic 3D foil balloon-based subjects. The shower wall was transformed by local artist Camil Karam. Guests can move around 12 small canvases painted with a UV pattern to complete a puzzle and create one large art piece. Suite 1410 is available for bookings for guests until July 5 with prices starting from AED1,149 (US$313) per night.

Select installations are interactive in nature, featuring 3D designs in sync with the hotel, including a structure from Jeongmoon Choi, a light artist who creates complex geometric arrangements of UV-reflective threads, as well as 2D ink jet drawings from Patrick Lichty that were displayed throughout the hotel. The UV-reflective thread installation by Jeongmoon Choi will be on display over the next few weeks.

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